New Richmond, the defending champion, and Blanchester are the favorites to battle it out for the Southern Buckeye Conference Wrestling Tournament championship. The showdown will take place, Feb. 14, at New Richmond High School. In wrestling, the two divisions combine into one to determine the titlist.
The Fort Ancient Valley Conference’s respective division wrestling tournaments appear to be very cut and dried. Milford is the Feb. 14 site of all three division confrontations. Harrison is the heavy favorite to win it all in the Buckeye Division.
Most of Clermont County’s varsity boys and girls bowling teams have been enjoying a lot of success of late. The Trojans have tasted the most triumph of the county’s squads. The contests with Milford and Loveland were in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
The men of Clermont Northeastern and Milford have seen recent unblemished success on the battlefields of Clermont County high school varsity boys basketball. The Rockets overpowered Felicity 60-48 in the aviary in this Southern Buckeye Conference non-division duel. The Blue and Gold was in the lead at each intermission 19-11, 33-23, and 49-35.
Sarah Vinson, an Amelia High School senior, was recognized recently for her stellar performance in the classroom. The Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division girls soccer player of the year was recently notified of having earned a berth on the United States High School Academic All-American team. Vinson, the daughter of Todd and Donna Vinson, is a member of the Amelia High National Honor Society and is vice-president of the student council.
Milford’s varsity boys and girls swimming teams have been doing very well including performances in their own annual invitational. Chris Williams was an individual champion for the Eagle boys in the 100-yard freestyle. The girls 400 free relay of Katie McClure, Gwen Storch, Naomi Week, and Laurin McClure was victorious, too.
New Richmond High School will be adding two members to its sports hall of fame. Pat Hill and Warren McConnell are well-respected and legendary not only in New Richmond, but throughout Clermont County. They comprise the class of 2009 of the NRHS Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place before the Jan. 31 varsity boys basketball game, when the Lions’ varsity and junior varsity boys basketball teams will host a team from Georgetown, Canada.
Ross Gibson, Batavia High School senior, is Clermont County’s representative for the selection of the prestigious 2009 “That’s My Boy” award. The award is presented upon the most points earned in an accumulation of points achieved in three categories – football achievement(s), academic achievement(s), and extracurricular and community activities. The award presentation will be made Feb. 17 in the Netherland Hilton Plaza Hall of Mirrors in Cincinnati.
Batavia and Glen Este’s varsity girl cagers recently won two games and Goshen and Milford tacked on another win to their totals. The Bulldogs beat Goshen in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game 41-38. The guests were best at each rest 11-5, 17-9, and 26-19. Senior forward Kayla Ernst made 17 points and senior forward-guard Emily Webb 11 (including two three-pointers) for the winners. Goshen senior guard-forward Mel Constable led all scorers with 19 points.
Clermont County teams turned in very respectable performances at the annual Charlie Moore Wrestling Invitational Tournament that took place at Reading High School. Campbell County, Ky., won the 19-team tournament with 195.5 points; Bethel-Tate was fourth with 127.5; Clermont Northeastern was eighth, 94; Batavia was ninth, 87; and Williamsburg was 17th, 26.